Watermelon Dorado | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Watermelon DoradoWatermelon Dorado
BA SCORE
34.4%
Liked This Beer
3.45 w/ 905 ratings
Watermelon DoradoWatermelon Dorado
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by crob3888 on 06-23-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,075
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
905
Liked:
311
Avg:
3.45/5
pDev:
17.39%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
331
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 905 |  Reviews: 234
Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MoCityTxBeast
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been out of the beer g

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Photo of Shortbox81
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Holderness
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely deep golden color with a dense white head that retained excellently. Some lacing. Aromas are primarily grassy, herbaceous, and soy-sauce like, with a little watermelon in the back. Flavors are much more watermelon-forward. The hops lack character in this one -- they are almost entirely earthy, grassy, and vegetal. Pretty bitter mouthfeel, medium carb. Overall the watermelon flavoring feels a little forced

67/100

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Photo of mchegash
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.49/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Watermelon Dorado"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "DO 164W 17181 12:47"
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Geebus, how many variations of their beers are Ballast point going to do? What's next, habanero watermelon Dorado? Or did they do that already? But this is a double IPA so how bad could it be. Nice fluffy-then-creamy bright white head over a clear dark golden/light amber colored body. The aroma is distinctly watermelon but it's also perfumy and floral, and kind of vegetal, or maybe even medicinal. Could that be hops interfering? It almost seems a little like Italian parsley or cilantro - or a lot like both Italian parsley AND cilantro, peppery. Very odd. Let me try again... yeah, there's something definitely weird about it. There's the watermelon on the one side that's nice, and then there's a very odd aroma on the other that's off-putting. I'm in all honestly 100% hesitant about tasting it right now. ... ... ... I'll just say right now that this is NOT good, a beer's aroma should not be off-putting. The flavor follows almost exactly with some golden malt added in. The peppery and vegetal character is not as bad but it doesn't really need to be - even a little bit is bad enough. Very floral, peppery, and earthy and piney. It's medium bodied and crisp, seemingly thinner than a double IPA should be. The odd thing is it's also bitter, and it sticks in the back of the mouth. And the alcohol is noticeable as well. Hmmmmm, just bad. This is not only the worst beer I've had from Ballast Point, but also one of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ronniebruner
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tombo615
2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I'm a huge Ballast Point fan - but this beer was honestly a huge let down. The nose smells like artificial watermelon - very similar to Bubblicious watermelon bubble gum. Look was a copperish orange. The taste was just a huge unbalanced mess; super bitter, heavy on the malt character, tons of watermelon, and honestly hard to drink.

One of the very few beers in recent memory that I dumped down the drain. Don't judge Ballast Point by this beer! Still love these guys but they should really retire this brew.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBrewsky
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DarthVorador
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tumblingpenguin
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad but nothing special either. I wouldn't recommend a six pack of them. Works great as just a one-off, try something different, have a fun drink kind of beer. Unless you're obsessed with watermelon and love Ballast Point, in which case this is definitely for you.

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Photo of Ian_Alexander
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mamasay
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.21/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strix
2/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Looks like any other DIPA, clear golden orange, good head.

Smell is piney, but with alcohol and watermelon bubbalicous.

Ack, this is a hot mess. Diacetyl butter, piney hop note, followed by a grassy vegetables, alcohol, plus notes of... watermelon bubbalicous, bile, ammoxocilin, ugh, I don't know.

Mouthfeel is irrelevant if you can't drink it.

No thanks, big miss for me.

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Photo of clager
4.34/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As others have said, the watermelon flavor is strong. Unlike many others, however, I like it. It's sweet yet has a good hoppiness and bitterness to it. To me it does taste like a 10%er, before I knew the ABV I was thinking "man, that tastes like a mixed drink." If you like fruity IPAs, give this one a try, I think you'll like it. If you don't want that, look elsewhere.

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Photo of hozersr
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of boulderbrewser
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Finkline
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LarrySTJ
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The watermelon flavor is very strong almost overdone. However, it does not go down like a normal 10%er. Tossing back a few of these is easily doable. The difference between bottle & can versions of these vs. tap is huge. At the very least you need to pour these into a glass if you can.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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Watermelon Dorado from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 34.4% out of 100 with 905 ratings
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